Share my browser and collaborate

Host clicks on “Share” button on Google Chrome, invites users (thru an url) to instantly see his tab-content from browsers on multiple devices (tablets, smartphone, desktops etc.,)

Contextually, users will be also able to collaborate effectively by using seamlessly integrated IM, web cam, ‘dialed-in’ VOIP/phone/ video calls  etc,

You may read more about the idea and vote.

Update 1: Just paid $5 developer fee on Chrome Web Store. Getting slowly started with the browser extension code.

Read related discussion on Google Chome Help Forum

Update 2 : Planning to start with a simple non-secure page. Looks like the DOM dump or serializing the DOM approach isn’t feasible for now. Setback.

Mobile phone user research opportunties in Bangalore

UPA Bangalore is planning to undertake a non-profit study, to understand smart-phone usage pattern, among tech and business users in Bangalore. The aim is to understand how power users like to improve the manner in which they use their smart phones and also identify existing pain-points.

We are looking for volunteers to do part time user-research. Opportunities would include direct and active involvement in planning, recruiting, scheduling, conducting field surveys, user interviews and the works. The effort estimate could range from 8 hours/month to 12 hours/month.

Do get in touch with Muthu at muthuonline [at] gmail (dot) com, if this study interests you.

Unlocked Apple iPhone

Just unlocked my brand new Apple iPhone with a firmware version of 1.1.4

Unlocking iPhone for FREE:

  1. Downloaded and installed the free unlocking software Ziphone version 3.0 (30th of March 2008), from
  2. Connected iPhone to my laptop
  3. Disabled iTunes and related daemons & services.
  4. Uninstalled Apple update program/li>
  5. Ran ZiPhoneGUI.exe software and clicked on "Do it all" button
    (This would jailbreak, activate and unlock iPhone. It will also downgrade the bootloader if it's v4.6.)
  6. Scrolling Text appeared on the iPhone and after 10 minutes, the system hung!
    Last known system response was "Loading zibri.dat."
    1. Clicked on "Stop Process" and then clicked on" Do it all" button. Still nothing happened
    2. Disconnected the iPhone from the laptop and still it wouldn't shutdown.
    3. I rebooted my system still nothing happenned.
    4. Read the Trouble Shooting document and PANICKED even more.
  8. Venky, my friendly neighbourhood AJAX expert offered to help and connected the iPhone to a Mac. Nothing happenned.
  9. Then we figured how to restart the iPhone by holding the "Home" button and "Sleep" button together for 7 seconds!
  10. iPhone got rebooted. All systems functioned normally!
  11. Removed the SIM card holder using a paper clip and inserted my "Airtel" Sim card. And lo!, ZiPhone really unlocked my iPhone! :)


iPhone Unlock Demo on YouTube ZiPhone 2.5


ZiPhone GUI


Some initial observations

  1. Very impressed with the iPhone's package design.
  2. Displaying progress indicator on Safari's address bar is a cool idea.
  3. Thanks to the Accelerometer, browsing websites, reading blogs, viewing photos, YouTube videos, maps on a mobile never felt so good!
  4. Kept looking for a "close icon" for all the apps. Took a while to get used to the "Home" button
  5. It was a smooth experience flipping through photos, zooming into a blog et all
  6. On-screen keypad was initially a lil' difficult to use. Ended-up pressing the wrong keys
  • To be continued...
  • People's Phone!

    People's PhoneAfter People’s Car, its time now for People’s Phone!
    Nodia based Spice Ltd, unveiled a no frill mobile phone during the Mobile World Congress event recently. Priced at $20 (about Rs 800), it has bare minimal features that might primarily appeal to rural/illiterate users and those who’d be happy with a basic low-cost basic mobile phone. And its devoid of a screen.

    I am skeptical about the pricing, ( it could be priced even less) because one can get mobile phone s for as low as Rs 1000, with additional features.

    Often, we are forced to buy phones with features that we never use. But then, without new features, how could manufactures launch new models and increase sales?. They’d also stop servicing and supplying spare parts for older models.

    I am not sure if this is feasible, but may be, its time for mobile manufacturers to let users/customers customize their mobile phones by choosing a list of desired features and place their order either online or with a dealer. After receiving the order, the manufacturer could assemble the hand- set, install the necessary software and ship it to customers.

    And if a new technology/feature gets launched, users must be able to add them on to their existing mobile and “remove a feature” if they are so done with it.(Not all new technologies and features could be “added on” that easily)

    Duplicate charge alert

    Often, credit card charges are duplicated erroneously by merchants . While some banking websites like Citibank, Amex lets you dispute these duplicate charges online, i was thinking more on the lines of a new feature that would alert the merchant and the credit card holder, through e-mail and/or SMS, whenever a same value gets doubly charged by the same merchant on the same date for the same credit card.

    Car stuff

    Parking : The other day, a friend of mine and me took about 25 mins to commute from Point A to Point B , we used his GPS gadget to find the location, the shortest route et all. We also spent additional 15 minutes looking for an empty parking lot.

    One of the key features that I’d like to see next gen GPS devices and map tools, would be to search and show ( in real time) available parking lots on need basis. Not sure what kinda logistics would have to go into play to enable this feature. This feature may not be a ‘must have’ requirement in cities such as Bangalore 🙂

    Rear View Cam : Given that web /digital cam prices are heading south, it will be useful and may not be expensive to install a camera near the boot (in indian cars) and display the camera view on a dashboard monitor, while backing up the car.

    The other key requirement is the Digital Fuel Level Indicator